Bulgaria’s caretaker Health Minister Stoicho Katsarov issued on October 26 an order amending the list of foreign countries classified respectively as red, orange or green zones according to their Covid-19 situations. The changes take effect as of October 30.
In the latest order, four countries was added to the list of red zone countries and territories – Croatia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Moldova, according to a Health Ministry statement. Not mentioned in the statement but included in the red list in the order were also Kyrgyzstan, Brunei and Armenia.
Five countries were reclassified from green to orange zones: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Iceland. Those moved from the red list to orange list were India, Nepal, Palestinian Authority territory, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda.
The Bulgarian Health Ministry’s current criteria for classifying a country as a Covid-19 red, orange or green zone may be found in English here (that older order’s list of countries is now out of date). These classifications determine the rules for entry to Bulgaria.
The same order establishes a list of countries whose Covid-19 vaccination, testing and disease certificates are considered equivalent to the EU Digital Covid certificate. The list includes North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vatican City State (only in respect of issued vaccination certificates).
The full list of green zone countries is Finland, Vatican City State, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta, Sweden, France, Monaco and Portugal.
Countries listed neither as red or green zones are regarded as orange zones.
Red zone countries are Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles, Namibia, Zambia, Oman, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Barbados, Singapore, Brunei, the United Kingdom, Georgia, Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova.
(Sofia Airport. Photo: Apostoloff)
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